Days before a big endorsement vote by the local Republican Party, mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher criticized the conservative compass of competitor Carl DeMaio. In an interview with NBC 7 San Diego news reporter Gene Cubbison, Fletcher said of DeMaio:

He says he’s a taxpayer watchdog and then he spends $50,000 on a campaign prop. He spends taxpayer money on plastic plants and teleprompters. He spent 45 times more money on taxpayer-funded mailers than the rest of the City Council combined. He called on city workers to take a 6 percent pay cut, which he refused to do, while giving his staff raises and bonuses. He said no one should get rich off the taxpayer while making millions of dollars. That’s a watchdog, Gene, who’s all bark and no bite.

In this edition of Fact Check TV, Andrew Donohue and Scott Lewis break down Fletcher’s five claims and try to figure out whether each one was true or false.

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